Category: Podcast


040 – CAP Mentor Program ft. Will Landsbury

Schep and Danny are joined this episode of the podcast by Will Landsbury, a CAP Mentor Program alumni and wide receiver for Northwestern University.

The guys talk about what Will’s experience in the program was like, how his life has changed since he became a D-1 college football player and where he plans to use his abilities in the real world.

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039 – This Ocean Life Podcast’s Josh Pederson

Below is an excerpt from the show. The full transcript of the podcast is available upon request. 

“Welcome back to the Coastal Athlete Program. I’m your host Schep. We’re going to be sitting down with Josh Peterson of This Ocean Life.TV to talk about his podcast and what got him started in collecting the oral history of the people who not only find their recreation but sometimes their career, their lifestyle, their religion in and around the water.

Now, you guys may remember Josh. I’ve already appeared on his show, and we’ll talk about that a little bit during our episode. But for now, we’re going to go ahead kick it over to the credits. And then we’ll see you after that.

Welcome to The Coastal Athlete Program, presented by Apex Predator Athletics ‘Train Today, Survive Tomorrow.’ Now from shores of Monterey Bay, here’s your host Schep. 

Welcome back to the Coastal Athlete Program. Once again, I am your host Schep and I am joined in the studio today by my gorgeous, co-host Posey Blue Scheppler, who is currently asleep on my foot. You may hear her snoring as we get going.

Iam joined in today’s episode by the flow master of disaster, the silky smooth voice that soothes you on late nights in Santa Cruz on 90.7 KSQD. I got it right that time. The man who you see going through security and think, of course, that guy sitting next to me in the middle. And then you watch him come marching down the center all six foot four of him. Ladies and gentlemen, Danny White. Welcome back to the show.


038 – Cruise ships in Monterey Bay with Brent…

Monterey Bay needs aid!


There are currently 12 more scheduled cruise ships in Monterey Bay this year alone… Don’t change your profile picture, get off the sidelines and get in the game. The ocean needs you.

Schep and Brent Allen sat down to discuss the state of cruise ships in Monterey Bay and the risks posed by their continued encroachment on the preserve. The interview was originally recorded back in December, but the issue rages on here along the Central Coast.

We, the people, have been sold out by a small group of elected officials who have made a unilateral decision that puts the largest underwater preserve in the United States at risk. Cruise ships in Monterey Bay is a national issue, not something that a local city council should be allowed to sidestep in the name of short term profits.

If/when there is an incident involving a cruise ship, the impact will be felt along the entire Pacific seaboard.


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Brent Allen Outside’s blog post

The death and life of Monterey Bay






037 – CAP IS BACK! CAP Podcast “Return of…

Schep, Posey and Danny welcome you back to the CAP Podcast and offer up explanations for where we have been and what we’ve been doing since our last conversation. The group also gives you a sneak peek of what to expect this year and a few juicy samples of where we are going.

  • If you haven’t already please make sure to rate and subscribe to us on your prefered audio platform. When you take the time it helps us extend our reach to spread our message of outdoor recreation and coastal conservation.
  • We are back to releasing at least an episode a week through the Northern Hemisphere spring and summer months. The tower is open, feel free to get back in the water knowing qualified personnel are standing by.
  • The Coastal Athlete Program is the only show that increases your survivability every time you listen! Don’t be the one with a secret, make sure to talk about the CAP podcast with your friends and co-workers.

If you know someone who would like to appear on the show please email

We are particularly looking for water rescue professionals active in recent news events.

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Alternative Surf Craft

Health & Swellness; California Bodysurfing Championships

The following article about the 34th Annual California Bodysurfing Championships first appeared in The Cabrillo Voice and was written by George Paul Scheppler

To listen to the audio report in episode 029 click HERE

Over 70 competitors from around the world came together for the 34th Annual California Body Surfing Championships at Laguna Creek Beach, hosted by the Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Association, on October 6th. Conditions were perfect with four to seven foot south swell spewing barrels off the point break.  


Laguna Creek Beach home of the California Bodysurfing Championships

Located roughly four miles north of Santa Cruz, Laguna Creek Beach is a hidden crescent wash of sand with big western exposures tucked between two rocky points. The region’s topography creates a variety of wave shapes from one end to the other lending personality and character to each face. This remote water wonderland is accessed by parking off of Highway 1, crossing to a well-worn path that leads over the old train tracks, over a slope, and down to the park. 

Competitors prepare for their heat

The Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Association was established by Tom Mader, Julie Davis, and Horst Wolf in 1983 to promote safety and fun in coastal environments. The California Bodysurfing Championships started a year later in 1984 were sponsored by Churchill Fins and hosted at Sunny Cove to further spread the sport and promote safe practices. It was not long before the California Bodysurfing Championships became a magnet for competitors from around the world. 

Bodysurfing is a sport that attracts the kind of rider that likes to feel as much a part of the ocean’s energy as possible, one that loves the sensation of sliding headfirst down the face of a wave that started its journey off the shore of Japan.  

“Be the board.” says John Chamberlin “that’s the feeling you get when you’re the plane, you’re on the wave feeling the water rush around you.”

Perfect take off from the peak


This elemental bonding enables these “torpedo people” to etch lines along breaks spinning, rolling, and somersaulting with gymnastic grace deftly avoiding the water exploding behind them.

These coastal athletes travel out of pocket without fanfare or publicity. “We are a subculture of surfing,” said John Chamberlin, affiliated member since 1985, “we don’t have large sponsors.” There are no multimillion-dollar contracts with Nike waiting at the other end, no auto manufactures asking to make the California champion the face of the brand. 

They compete purely for bragging rights, a potential wildcard spot in the famous Nazier contest, and the opportunity to spend their free time out amongst nature with others of like minds. Many slept in their cars to cut down on cost, others bunked up at local hotels, and some stayed with friends in the area. The event itself buzzed with positivity and enthusiasm. Everyone was stoked to be stoked for no other reason than to be stoked, a more meta scene you could not find in Surf City USA that day.

Bodysurfing is a niche sport that seems to attract people from all walks of life. At the pre-event meet up at Aloha Island Grill (700 Portola Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062) people in fancy Patagonia fleeces chatted with folks in well worn oily t-shirts, Land Rovers parked next to old Toyota pick up trucks, and the newest tech debated against tried and true equipment of old.

Pushed to the margins, these people of the sea strip away the equipment, ego, and obstacles to participating in outdoor water recreation not only for health but for the community. One would be hard pressed to find a more welcoming and supportive group of athletes and fans.  

Event official briefs a heat before they took on the choice lefts


Julie Davis took home the women’s championship title. Bart Templeton won the junior men’s division. Dave Ford won the masters’ division title and earned a wildcard entry into the World Bodysurfing Championships at Nazier Beach in Portugal. 

For more information about the event please click HERE


All photos appear courtesy of Mike Crane